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Libeskind to revamp Berlin Jewish museum

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2010

Daniel Libeskind, the celebrated architect behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin, has agreed to design an extension for it as part of an £8.5 million project.

The new building, expected to involve three oblique cube structures, will open in 2011, with work set to start next month.

Located next to the current museum, on the site of a former flower market, the extension will be used as an academy, housing archives, a library and classrooms.

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Grave of Warsaw Ghetto heroine vandalised

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

The grave of a woman who saved thousands of Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto has been desecrated, according to Polish authorities.

The words “Jews out” were sprayed onto the Warsaw gravestone of Irena Sendler, a woman honoured by Holocaust museum Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Police have launched an investigation after the graffiti was discovered in the Warsaw cemetery.

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Aaron Sorkin to film presidential scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of White House television series the West Wing, is planning to bring another political story to the big screen.

Mr Sorkin is set to film the story of the rise and fall of John Edwards, the Democrat presidential contender brought down when a gossip magazine revealed his extramarital affair with an aide.

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Presbyterians water down their anti-Israel resolution

By Ellen Tumposky, July 15, 2010

American Jewish groups are expressing cautious relief after the US Presbyterian Church diluted what had threatened to be a venomously anti-Israel report at its General Assembly.

The church's 700 delegates in Minneapolis last week passed a revised Middle East Study Committee Report that unambiguously recognised Israel's right to exist and accepted the need to stem the flow of weapons into Gaza.

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Obama-link firm drops anti-Israel campaign

By Ellen Tumposky, July 15, 2010

An American public relations firm with ties to President Obama has decided not to renew a contract to orchestrate a campaign aimed at breaking the blockade of the Gaza Strip after Jewish organisations expressed dismay at the arrangement.

Fenton Communications - which boasts on its website that "we only represent causes we believe in ourselves" -- was being paid $240,000 for communications work this year for Al Fakhoora, a group that participated in the flotilla to Gaza. The money came from the office of Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the second wife of the emir of Qatar.

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Outcry over Polish 'NaziSexyMouse' poster

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2010

A poster featuring a swastika, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and a naked woman installed just yards from a synagogue has caused outrage in a city in western Poland.

The image advertising an upcoming art exhibition has already been vandalised twice, while a member of the Poznan city council has called for it to be banned for breaching Poland’s strict regulations on glorifying Nazism.

The "NaziSexyMouse” image is part of a project by an Italian artist and a version has been on display in a Berlin gallery.

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Pakistan blamed for Mumbai terror killings

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2010

An Indian government minister has directly accused Pakistan of masterminding “from beginning to end” the Mumbai terror attacks during which militants killed more than 150 people including a Chabad rabbi.

Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai told a newspaper that Pakistan's main intelligence agency, ISI had controlled and coordinated the three-day-long assaults in November 2008.

Although Indian officials have already implicated ISI, Mr Pillai said Pakistan had more than "just a peripheral role" and that the ISI chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed “knew everything."

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Anti-Israel protesters block Athens flight

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2010

Greek pro-Palestinian protesters delayed a flight to Israel for two hours by staging a demonstration against the situation in Gaza at the airport.

The Tel Aviv bound El Al plane could not take off on time after the group from a Communist backed union obstructed five counters, preventing passengers from checking in their luggage.

Police at Athens International Airport did not intervene but there were no reports of violence.

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Matchmaking mum's web bid to find son a wife

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

A Jewish mother has become so fed up with waiting for her son to settle down that she has set up a website to find him a wife.

Just weeks after an enterprising son tried to auction his Jewish mother on eBay the tables have turned as New Yorker Geri Brin launched a site to find her son Colby a girlfriend.

Ms Brin, an Internet entrepreneur who works with Colby, has started “Date My Single Kid" to help her and other parents find matches for their single offspring.

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Survivor disco dances at Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

A video featuring a Holocaust survivor dancing at Auschwitz to the pop song "I Will Survive" has received a mixed reaction across the internet, with many slamming it as “disgusting” and “tasteless”.

Jane Korman, a Jewish Australian artist, filmed her 89-year-old father Adolk and other family members performing a routine to the disco hit at different points around the Nazi concentration camp.

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